I've tried many times to make a great cream cheese frosting for my carrot cakes. It seems like they never turned out... until this one.
I know it's strange to only write about the frosting, and not the cake, but I've already shared a carrot cake recipe which you can check out here.
This post is going to be all about the frosting. I've finally found a great recipe, and I'm super excited to share it.
Here it is!
Awesome Cream Cheese Frosting (for Carrot Cake)
adapted from Baking by James Peterson
1 package of regular cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups confectioners' (aka. powdered) sugar
2 tsp orange zest
Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, confectioners' sugar, and orange zest, and beat on medium speed for about 8 more minutes. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 20 minutes to harden just a bit. Then spread it on your cake generously. Enjoy!